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Don't Buy It for the Videos
on April 19, 2007
Yeah it's got all their videos, problem is: The Police didn't make really good videos. Most of them are just them mugging in front of the camera, lip-synching the song.
That changes--dramatically--with "Every Breath You Take," one of the all-time classic videos. Still gives chills, 25 years later. "Invisible Sun" is ooookay, "Wrapped Around Your Finger" is a boring but admirable attempt, as video was still a brand-new art form. "Synchronicity II" seemed cool at the time but now seems a little primitive.
The video for "Don't Stand '86" is just depressing, because it was the end of them, the song was atrocious, and the video is nothing special.
HOWEVER for Police die-hards there are two classic things about this to recommend it:
1) The two numbers from The Old Grey Whistle Test, a live-in-the-TV-studio British TV program where they do "Can't Stand Losing You" and "Next to You." They're sloppy performances and Sting looks ridiculous, but must-have footage for Police fans.
2) The REAL hidden treasure is when Jools Holland goes down to Monteserrat while they're recording "Ghost." He gets interviews with all three of them and it's FASCINATING. Sting shows him how he came up with "Message in a Bottle" (and then plays a killer harmony guitar part not on the original version) and "Invisible Sun," which he apparently had just written. Amazing stuff, and Sting looks very comfortable and open with Holland.
You also get interviews/demos with Andy and Stewart which are great, and even an impromptu blues/jazz jam with Jools on piano, Sting on upright and Andy joins on guitar. I have never seen this footage ever, and I've seen a lot.
For this alone, this DVD is worth owning. Great stuff.